An American In Paris: The Musical [Blu-ray]
(David Seadon-Young, Robert Fairchild, Haydn Oakley, Leanne Cope, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (2018) 2021 / MVD Visual)
Overview: Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the Oscar® winning film, tells the impassioned story of love in the City of Light.
Jerry Mulligan is an American GI struggling as a painter in a city suddenly bursting with hope and possibility.
Following a chance encounter with a beautiful dancer named Lise, the streets of Paris become the backdrop to a romance of art, friendship, and love.
Blu-ray Verdict: It will not remain unnoticed, despite being the silent accompaniment, as it constantly changes and revolves, with a projector somehow making it seem as if the scene (water, often) is real.
It is something that ends up having an impressive result, sets up quite an atmosphere, along with the lighting. Even the abstract sets at the end are simply interesting, although later on they end up making artistic sense.
Even the efficiency with which the stage was modified was compelling to notice. People mostly wheeled them out, but they did it not in a very intrusive manner.
Lighting (or lack of it) was also in this case used to create shadows or hide some background machinations, and in the end it is as if it is an entirely different theatre.
As for getting a little more personal with it, well, I personally love how it shows us that out of the darkness of the world (in this case WW2), we can find the light through laughter, music, companionship, and yes, even love.
I also like this one part in the play where Milo Davenport (the blonde American woman) and Henri (the dapper French man) are willing to let go of Jerry and Lise after finding out that they do not love them.
In that moment Milo and Henri realize that when you truly, deeply, love someone, that you have to be willing to let go of them for good if you want them to be happy.
OK, sure, this is not the Gene Kelly version, but it is still a very good musical and I also love how beautiful and true everything is. All I can say is, who can ask for anything more? This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
High Definition (1080p) presentation of the main feature in 1.78:1 aspect ratio
Optional English Subtitles
Audio: LPCM 2.0 Stereo
Original Theatrical Trailer